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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Jack John
Jackson The son of Jack or John
Jacob Hebrew              Hebrew He that supplants
Jacobson son of Jacob
Jaeger German              German Hunter
Jahnke German              German little John
James Hebrew              Hebrew Jacob
Jameson son of James
Jamieson Scottish            Scottish son of James
Janes son of Jane
Janeway A Genoese
Jason Greek               Greek Healing
Jeffers Geoffrey or Godfrey
Jeffrey Geoffrey or Godfrey
Jemse Locality            Locality A town in Sweden
Jenkins son of John
Jenkinson son of Jenkins
Jenks son of John
Jenner An old form for Joiner
Jennings son of John
Jerome Jeremiah
Jessup Italian             Italian Giuseppe
Jetter French              French to overthrow
Jew Hebrew              Hebrew Judah
Jewell a jewel, a precious stone
Jewett son of a Jew
Jimenez Spanish             Spanish son of Jimeno
Job Hebrew              Hebrew Sorrowful; patient
Jobson son of Job
John Hebrew              Hebrew Gracious; God's grace
Johnson son of John
Johnston Scottish            Scottish place in Annandale, in Dumfriesshire
Jollie French-Saxon        French-Saxon Full of life and mirth
Jonadab Hebrew              Hebrew Liberal, one who acts a prince
Jonah Hebrew              Hebrew A dove
Jonas Hebrew              Hebrew A dove
Jonathan Hebrew              Hebrew The gift of the Lord
Jones Hebrew              Hebrew son of John
Jordan Hebrew              Hebrew The river of judgment
Jorden Hebrew              Hebrew The river of judgment
Joseph Hebrew              Hebrew Increase, addition
Joslin Locality            Locality Jocelin, a town in France
Josselyn Locality            Locality Jocelin, a town in France
Joy Gladness, exhilaration of spirits
Joyce Joyous
Judd Hebrew              Hebrew Juda, praise, confession, and signifies the confessor of God
Judson son of Judd
Juengling German              German youth
Jung German              German Young
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